op-ti wrote: IzziesGal wrote: Kohinoor wrote:
MrKappus wrote:@Anonymous [2nd poster]: LOL re: $1666.67/month projected rent. Maybe in parts of Brooklyn. Or Queens.
Knew a biglaw dood who commuted in from Flushing and another who came in from Connecticut. No real reason to stay in Manhattan
+1 to this. Commuted into Manhattan from the NJ suburbs (where rent ranges from 1100/month for a 2 BR in the true burbs and 2000/month for a one bedroom on the water in Jersey City) and will do it again. Also, it's nice to leave the city behind at the end of the day. It can get a bit overwhelming.
Commute from Westchester ftw!
Takes me 20 mins on the express to get to midtown
I love these stories - 20 mins to midtown from Westchester, 15 mins from Long Island, 10 seconds from Jersey etc etc. People who live in outlying areas (of any city, really, but I happen to live in New York, so am familiar with it) are either in complete denial about how far out they live, or else are pathological liars. Westchester is 20 mins from Midtown if you happen to have a teleporter or else a personal underground bullet train. Otherwise, it's more like an hour away.
20 mins from Midtown is Harlem. If you're lucky. That is to say, real door to door travel. If you happen to be leaving from the station agent booth at 145th and going to the station agent booth at 42nd, and the A train happens to come by one second after you swipe your Metrocard, then maybe it's 12 minutes. Most people don't consider only the transit portion of their commute their entire commute, considering that you have to walk to the station from your apartment, walk to the office, take into account schedule changes, repairs on the tracks, various sundry train delays and what not.
Generally speaking, Manhattan trains go north-south. That means that the closest places to Midtown are those adjacent to it - Chelsea, UWS, and so on. Brooklyn is closer to your work only if you work in the Financial District and you live in DUMBO.
This is not to say these aren't some great places to live. Williamsburg, Park Slope, Jersey City, Astoria, Long Island City - some of these places are quite nice, and WAY more cost-effective than Manhattan. But there's no need to overstate how close they are to Midtown - in fact, for people unfamiliar with the area, you're only doing them a disfavor by misleading them about where you're suggesting they live.